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LAST MINUTE FOLK AT THE JAYHAWK PRESENTS MARK DVORAK IN CONCERT; FRED APPELHANZ WITH HAMMER DULCIMER TO OPEN

Last Minute Folk is delighted to present Mark Dvorak to the Jayhawk Gallery stage, 720 SW Jackson on Saturday evening, January 13th, 2018 at 7pm. Topeka’s own Fred Appelhanz will open the show with his hammer dulcimer.

 

 

Tickets are $20, available online or at the door. Refreshments at intermission will be provided by the AFS International Student Exchange Program for free-will donation and proceeds go to AFS Student Programs. Shows begin at 7pm and doors open at 6:30pm. If you would like more information about the concert series, check out our Facebook page or our website at www.lastminutefolk.org.

Mark Dvorak is a modern day troubadour who has

never stopped performing, writing and recording. He has

been called “a folk singer’s folk singer” with “an

encyclopedic knowledge of traditional songs.” His original

songs are described as “wondrous” and “profound.”

Though Mark often appears in theaters and on festival

stages, he is also at home in a more intimate setting.

His concerts are a mix of the familiar and the new,

traditional folk and standards from the American

songbook. He plays authentic country blues guitar and

picks great old-time banjo. Mark enjoys involving his

audiences in sing-along songs, just like The Weavers used

to do, and mixes in his own well-crafted and infectious

originals.

Mark has a refreshing, down-to-earth stage presence, and

is a very engaging performer. He sings with a clear,

signature voice, and he likes to joke around with the folks

who attend his shows. Throughout the program he’ll

interject personal anecdotes and add a touch of history or

social context to the performance.

 

 

 

LAST MINUTE FOLK PRESENTS THE VOGTS SISTERS WITH HOPE STREET, SATURDAY NOVEMBER 11TH AT 7PM




The Vogts Sisters ~  (pronounced “Votes”) 

Sweet Sister Harmony from America’s Heartland

Touring the Midwest since May 2012, the Vogts Sisters touch the hearts of audiences everywhere they go. The young emerging artists have gained widespread recognition for their haunting vocals and tight sisterly harmonies, taking their music wherever they can to include stages at festivals, theatres, and more than a few coffee houses.

“With haunting harmonies and wickedly creative songs, the Vogts Sisters (Maggie and Abigail) are relative new comers to the old time/acoustic music scene. While they draw from traditional instrumentation (guitar/fiddle/mandolin) and source material, their song repertoire is mostly original and features themes of coming of age in small town America. Harmony singing among family members is always something special and unique; it’s a sound and feel that comes from familiarity and unspoken communication. The Vogts stand out in a crowded field of similar performers, with a fresh sound from America’s Heartland.” – Ozark Highlands Radio

The Vogts Sisters have garnered numerous awards in regional and international songwriting competitions, including their latest win at the 2016 Walnut Valley Festival’s New Song Showcase. The girls have over thirty original songs that fit seamlessly into their acoustic Americana-Folk act, blending timeless music with sweet sister harmony. A few of their musical influences include Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, and Gillian Welch, but they often surprise audiences with covers from Johnny Horton, U2, or Fleetwood Mac. 

The Vogts Sisters released their first co-produced album, Homeward, in June 2016, as a humble attempt to truly define who they are as artists and musicians. My Own Dixie (March 2015), has achieved high-ranking reviews and radio airplay on a regional and international level, calling attention to their haunting vocals and lyrical depth and maturity. Their debut album, Old Time Noise, released in 2012. 

Praised for their graceful, authentic, yet vulnerable performances where one hears the real deal, the Vogts Sisters remain humble, possessing a highly developed sense of who they are and what they represent.